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System Number: 11627
Date: [16/17 September 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Gerard Harry[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 182
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS

21 - Cheyne Walk. Chelsea -

Dear Mr. Harry -

How nice and charming of you! - I am in every way delighted with what you have written - and feel sure that you would have been greatly pleased had you been present on the occasion you so capitally describe -

Now I send you a very bright article from a very pretty paper you will [p. 2] rejoice in - "The Whirlwind" -

It is perfectly new in every sense - and has taken London really by storm -

It is edited and written entirely by two distinguished young fellows - Gentlemen[3] - and is of a lightness and freshness and independence naturally quite unknown in England -

It would be graceful of you if you spoke of the paper itself in The Indépendence - and the Editors would be charmed with your appreciation -

They are sending you a copy -

Our friend Mr. Augustus Moore[4] has contented himself with writing a scurrilous account of how he thrashed me!! -

I can scarcely thank you enough for all the kind trouble you have taken about the pictures - but hope soon to be able to tell you how kind I think it of you - At present however I fear I shall yet be obliged to remain in town for awhile because of all this!

A bientot therefore - Meanwhile pray present our kindest souvenirs and compliments to Madame Harry[5] - My wife[6] bids me [p. 3] send you a special message of thanks for the very great pleasure you have given her by the brilliant and sympathetic article to which we shall owe a clear understanding of the situation all over the Continent - -

Again with a thousand thanks and my warmest expression of friendship,
believe me my dear Mr. Harry,
Very sincerely Yours

[butterfly signature]

Do send me the Indépendence

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1.  [16/17 September 1890]
The reply is dated 18 September 1890 (#02264).

2.  Gerard Harry
Gérard Harry (fl. 1877-1890), journalist for L'Indépendance Belge [more].

3.  Gentlemen
Charles H. Stuart Erskine (1853-1896), son of the 12th Earl of Mar and Kellie [more]; and Herbert Vivian (1865-1940), author, editor of The Whirlwind [more].

4.  Mr. Augustus Moore
Augustus Martin Moore (d. 1918), journalist and acting manager [more]. JW responded to an article in the Hawk, which he considered to libel the late E. W. Godwin, by striking Moore with a cane in the foyer of Drury Lane Theatre on Saturday evening, 6 September 1890.

5.  Madame Harry
Mme Harry, wife of the journalist Gérard Harry.

6.  wife
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].